Florida Highway Patrol Name Wrong-Way Driver in Deadly Delray Car Collision
The Florida Highway Patrol has identified Kenneth Jenkins as the driver whose wrong-way driving on Interstate 95 lead to a car crash that killed three people on Sunday in Delray.
According to investigators, Jenkins, a 25-year-old North Lauderdale resident, was driving his Pontiac headed southbound in the northbound lanes when he crashed head-on into a Mercedes. Riding in the Mercedes were Boris Rapoport, his mother Renee, Robert Rutman, and Angelica Pagliuca.
Pagliuca was seriously injured and her condition has improved to fair since then. Rapoport, his mother, and Rutman were killed in the fatal car crash.
Jenkins is reportedly in fair condition at Delray Medical Center. Conflicting witness reports had initially made it difficult to identify which car was driving in the wrong direction. Florida Police are waiting to see whether alcohol or drugs were involved. They have yet to press criminal charges against Jenkins.
Two other accidents related to the wrong-way driving collision also occurred on Sunday. Lake Worth resident LaShawn Antoinette Brown sustained minor injuries while trying to avoid the deadly crash. In the process, she hit one of the cars involved, as well as a white Honda Accord.
Delray Beach police Sgt. Toby Rubin broke his ankle when he was hit by another car that was trying to avoid the Pontiac, driven by Jenkins. Rubin had been following the Pontiac from the freeway shoulder and tried to warn other drivers.
Driving the wrong way on a road or freeway can be very dangerous and can lead to serious injuries or death for the driver and other motorists and pedestrians. According to information from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 350 people die every year in the United States because of wrong-way driving.
When a driver is careless, reckless, or makes a mistake by driving the wrong- way on a road and others are injured or killed as a result, the driver may be held liable by the injured parties through personal injury and wrongful death claims and lawsuits.
Our Florida injury law firm has helped the victims of car accident, truck crash, motorcycle collision, and injured pedestrians recover injury compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Wrong-way driver identified in I-95 crash in Delray, Sun-Sentinel.com, March 19, 2008
FHP faults Pontiac driver in wrong-way crash, Palm Beach Post, March 19, 2008
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